WillCK wrote:That would be awesome...the first thing I thought about was putting one in a Coco 2 or 3 case.
(I am from the states...it was sort of our version of the BBC micro I am guessing...had a rom pack slot...very little memory and ran extended basic. If you were really hardcore you could get a 5 1/4" floppy drive in it's own enclosure and with a separate power supply that would plug in the rom pack slot..for everyone else it was cassette drive or nothing.)
you would have to either get some older KB's (AT style were pretty thick ) or make a slim enclosure around a modern KB to make room underneath.
How awesome would it be to have a KB/Trackball/Trackpad combo with a built in Pi and a built in multiport powered USB hub ...all running off one power supply and in one package!
Alright...I may have to try and build this *s*
I am amazed that some enterprising third party manufacturer still has not made one of these for me, you and possibly tens of thousands of Pi owners who might also want one. I think there are already documented cases of people building Pis into the cases of other classic old computer equipment (as you have suggested) but I would not have the heart to destroy a working C64 or Atari 400 or similar just to get a box to put a Pi in.
You're right about the possibility of using an old AT keyboard case - I've already got one sidelined for the job. It's only just thick enough to contain an unmodified Pi.
The other things you'll need are short USB 'A' plug to USB 'A' panel mount socket leads, to extend the USB sockets from the Pi and / or the hub to the rear of the new casing, and an HDMI male plug to panel-mount HDMI female socket lead. The USB leads are easy enough to come by but the HDMI lead does not seem to exist yet in that specific form, so you'll have to use a short HDMI plug to HDMI plug lead combined with a panel mounting short female to female 'feedthrough' adaptor.
Acquiring a keyboard / touchpad combo which works well with the Pi may be a different matter - I have one which has an Elan Technology controller, but Raspbian only picks the touchpad up as a standard mouse so I don't get touchpad specific configuration options, such as the vital ability to turn off the tap-to-click feature. If you do go ahead with a version of this yourself try to make sure your keyboard / touchpad has a synaptics touchpad, as touchpads made by anyone else may not be fully configurable under Raspbian.